Brian Cullum, chemistry and biochemistry, has been elected as an SPIE fellow for his achievements as an innovator in photonics and sensors. SPIE’s announcement of the honor recognizes Cullum specifically for “pioneering research on intracellular SERS nanosensors and optical sensing techniques for both environmental and biological monitoring.”
As the head of the Center for Translational Nanobioscience, Cullum focuses on developing nanotechnology for biomedical and defense related applications. He also founded and chairs Smart Medical and Physiological Sensor Technology, an annual international conference.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics and Fellows are honored for their technical achievements and service to the general optics community.
Congratulations to Brian Cullum on this achievement!
Artwork by imaging and digital arts student, Jason Hughes, was recently selected for display in the exhibition Washington Color Abstraction, curated by Donald Kuspit. The exhibition, sponsored by the Gabarron Foundation, “unites the original artists of the Washington Color School with contemporary artists practicing in DC today. Both inspired by an environment of bold color and pattern and influenced by the color field teachers of the 1960′s, the artists in this exhibition exemplify identities that are deeply intelligent, original, and rooted in the history of their environment. Their community reflects a deep history, rich with constant dialogue and new ideas.” Learn more about the exhibition and selected artists at the Gabarron Foundation website.
Washington Color Abstraction is open now through Friday, April 25. An opening reception will be held at the Carriage House Center for the Arts, this Friday March 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Carriage House is located at 149 East 38th Street, New York City, 10016.
Two animation works by Kelley Bell, assistant professor of graphic design, have recently been selected for display in Occam’s Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics, at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, and the Ontario Science Center’s !dea Gallery. Her pieces, The Kuber-Ross Device, and Eureka! will be presented alongside other works that narrow the cultural divide between art and science. Works selected for Occam’s Razor were chosen because of the way they highlight similarities in practice amongst scientists and artists.
Occam’s Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics will open Wednesday, April 2, and continues through April 20.
Bell’s artwork will also be featured in the Northern Spark projection arts festival this June in Minneapolis. Learn more at the Northern Spark website.
Tomiko Shine ’14, anthropology, won first place in the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) undergraduate paper competition for her paper, “The Lens of Blackness: An Anthro-Political Perspective.”
When Tomiko moved to Baltimore, she noticed through her work with youth and mothers in Baltimore City that many of their fathers or husbands were incarcerated. After seeing the impact that incarceration had on black families and communities, Tomiko responded by becoming a court advocate and attended court with youth who had charges that carried jail time. “I wanted to understand this phenomenon of the impact of incarceration on black family and community,” she said.
In order to more fully understand this phenomenon, Tomiko conducted research with Sarah Chard, associate professor and associate chair of sociology and anthropology, and submitted her paper which concluded that high rates of incarceration impact the American social society, economy, education and labor system.
Tomiko plans to graduate from UMBC in the spring and would like to continue her anthropological studies in graduate school with a combined degree in public policy. She will attend the NCBS Conference Student Luncheon on Friday, March 7 to present her paper. Congratulations, Tomiko!
Assistant Professor of History Meredith Oyen has been asked to serve on a Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (Beijing) external evaluation panel to evaluate courses in the international general education curriculum program.
Oyen will serve as part of a team that will be traveling to Sanming University and Minjiang University in Fujian Province to audit classes, speak with students and faculty and review the quality of course offerings.
Oyen’s main focus will be evaluating the teaching and learning outcomes for courses on U.S. history that are taught in English. She will be in China from March 14-22.
CSEE professor Fow-Sen Choa has been selected as a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.
SPIE Fellows are honored for their technical achievements and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular. Professor Choa was cited for for achievements in the development of standoff chemical sensing using quantum cascade lasers.
In the announcement of Dr. Choa’s section, the SPIE noted that:
“Choa has contributed significantly to the advancement of standoff chemical sensing using quantum cascade lasers, achieving a greater than 41 feet standoff chemical detection distance. In addition his research on MOCVD growth and regrowth of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) has led to the development of high power QCLs, integrated widely tunable QCLs, and power scalable surface-emitting QCL arrays. He has developed large format (64×64) photon counting arrays and demonstrated current-bias-mode photon counting techniques to simplify the bias circuits for 64×64 single photon arrays. Notably, his research has extended into broadband, low crosstalk, low noise semiconductor gain materials, Photon-neuron interactions, high speed long distance (loss-limited) multimode fiber transmissions, and other technologies associated with optical networks, lasers, and integrated coherent receivers.
A prolific scientific author, Choa has published nearly 200 refereed conference papers and over 70 peer reviewed articles, has received nearly 50 grants, and has been issued 10 patents. He has also served the greater optical community by serving as an associate editor, topical editor, and reviewer for several journals and he has been recognized as for his expertise as research faculty for eight years.
Choa has made sustained contributions to the SPIE community by serving on program committees of the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 SPIE journal and conference publications including three invited papers.”
Read more about Dr. Choa’s work here.
Anne Brodsky, psychology professor and associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, has received the 2014 SCRA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community Psychology. The award was announced by American Psychological Association (APA) Division 27. The announcement from the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) states:
Dr. Brodsky’s contributions cover various topics of central importance to community psychology. The award refers to both theory and research and she has significant contributions in both areas (theory- resilience, PSOC; research – qualitative methods). Her contributions regarding research relate not only to engaging in excellent research but in writing about methodology itself and contributing to the development of qualitative methodology. Her work has substantially enhanced our understanding of women’s engagement in multiple roles (i.e., parent, change agent) and the ways in which sense of community and empowerment are intertwined.
She has also been successful in “giving psychology away” and in facilitating the development of others who can contribute to the discipline. Dr. Brodsky’s work embodies community psychology values and concepts – largely on processes that support community-based/social action, empowerment, and community-level self-determination.
Cinematic Arts Students, Matthew Roe and Max Eilbacher, will screen films this week at the 2nd Annual Best of Baltimore Student Film Festival. The Festival, held at the Creative Alliance, will take place Thursday, February 27 beginning at 7:30 p.m., and features the work of students from Goucher, JHU, MICA, Morgan, Towson, Stevenson, University of Baltimore and UMBC. Each college showcases two films.
Tickets for the screening are available now.
The Daily Record recently named President Hrabowski and Alum Diane Bell-McKoy ’73, sociology, in their 2014 list of Influential Marylanders.
Influential Marylanders celebrates people who have made significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. Winners are chosen in the categories of civic leadership, communications, education, finance and more.
Bell-Mckoy, President and CEO of Associated Black Charities, was selected in the civic leadership category, while Dr. Hrabowski was chosen for his work as UMBC’s president in the education category. Dr. Hrabowski will also be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, as it is his third year as an Influential Marylander.
Congratulations, President Hrabowski and Diane Bell-Mckoy!
Tom Beck, Chief Curator, Library & Gallery, was recently quoted in The Baltimore Sun about the Library Gallery’s N. Jay Jaffee exhibit. The exhibit highlights a talented artist who has not received much recognition. “Jaffee never worked as a professional photographer,” says Tom Beck, chief curator at UMBC. “His career was in printing. So it was always a matter of balance between his business and personal obligations, his family. And he never worked very hard at getting exhibitions.”
Read the entire article here.
Beck was also quoted about Lewis Hine in the Waterbury, Connecticut Sunday Republican-American. The Library Special Collections holds 5,000 Lewis Hine child labor photographs.